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Creation of teen center focus of Leadership Lake Tahoe students

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune Members of the 2004-05 Leadership Lake Tahoe class are joined by a select group of teenagers for a cruise aboard the Tahoe Queen.

The 2004-05 Leadership Lake Tahoe class has chosen to partner with Tahoe Youth & Family Services, under the supervision of executive director Nichole Loftis, to initiate the creation of a teen center as its class project. The group is sponsored by the joint chambers of commerce. The 21 leadership students will raise money and help design and implement the creation of a teen center aimed at providing South Lake Tahoe youth with a meeting and event location.

ARAMARK, Lake Tahoe, the employer of two of the leadership students, hosted a selected group of teens on a cruise that sailed from Ski Run Marina July 28. During the cruise the group was asked to brainstorm what the teen center should encompass to attract teenage residents and provide a comfortable and safe activity center.

“We looked at many worthy projects before deciding on the teen center, but we really feel the community desperately needed such a facility,” said Capt. Chris Gallup, one of the two ARAMARK leadership students.

On the same cruise, ARAMARK donated $1 of each ticket sale to kick off the teen center fund-raising project. The South Lake Tahoe Leadership class is looking forward to raising a minimum of $5,000 to fund the opening of the project. In addition, donations of furniture, computers and other equipment are needed. Anyone interested in donating may contact Gallup at (530) 543-6123 or Tahoe Youth & Family Services at (530) 541-2445.

Leadership Lake Tahoe is designed to mentor community members for future leadership roles in government and business. It is a joint effort between the South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas chambers of commerce and relies on the generous assistance of other public and private entities to provide speakers and class venues for experiential learning situations.

“The program is so much more than I anticipated and will enhance my professional and personal life tremendously,” said Brandi Schlagel, who will graduate from the program in 2005 and was encouraged by ARAMARK to participate. “Working closely with this group of people to provide a community teen center is so rewarding.”